The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport will present the exhibition, Shift: Recent Work by Leah Gauthier, from February 1 through 28. Over the past several years, Gauthier’s work has explored and been inspired by sustainable living.
She says, “While I will continue to champion a mindful existence, a big part of me now feels drawn to surrender and lean into the big climate changes coming our way.” In her sculptures, Gauthier uses handmade objects and ephemeral materials such as food, foraged natural materials, and live plants to bear witness to time and the transient nature of life. These living sculptures constitute Gauthier’s “imaginings” around a quickly shifting landscape, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, emerging and dying life forms, and her “struggle to be fully present moment to moment.”
Gauthier lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, and her art has been exhibited in traditional and unconventional spaces, including at CMCA in the 2014 Biennial Exhibition; Eyebeam in New York City; the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Portland Museum of Art; and SoFA Gallery at Indiana University, among many others. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gauthier received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University. She has taught at several colleges and universities and is a founding member of ||| Art curatorial collective.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Gauthier will lead a special ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, February 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed immediately by a reception for the artist. During February school vacation week, a series of drop-in ArtLab for All Ages activities inspired by Gauthier’s work will be offered each weekday afternoon, February 16 through 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All ArtLab for All Ages workshops are free of charge, no advance registration is necessary.
The exhibition, Shift, will be on view in CMCA’s lower gallery, and is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; entrance is through the side door, down the stairs to the right of the building.